VBS 2015: July 14–17

We invite children 2 to 11 (entering 6th grade) to join us for Vacation Bible School this summer, July 14-17 from 9:15 am to noon, as we Follow Jesus! Registration cards…

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Regular Services

Join us for one of our regularly scheduled services: 8:00 am and 10:30 am on Sunday mornings, 6:15 pm Sunday evenings (4:00 pm on second Sundays September through May), or…

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The Persecuted Church

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Since the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion, the Christian Church and those who follow Jesus have suffered persecution. The first record of the persecution of the Apostles is found in Acts 4: after proclaiming the Gospel and leading over 5,000 people to faith, the religious authorities arrested St. Peter and St. John, jailed them and ordered them to stop preaching publicly. The first martyr for the Christian faith was St. Stephen (Acts 7): an angry mob stoned him to death. Persecution is today a very present reality for many believers throughout the world—even if we have not yet had to shed blood for the faith here in the United States. Persecution takes many forms: being pushed to the margins of society, being systematically underemployed and taxed because of one’s belief in Jesus, not being allowed to affirm one’s faith publicly or to worship Jesus openly. In extreme cases, believers give up their mortal lives for the sake of their faith in Jesus. Although this is nothing new for Christians who live as minorities in their cultures, over the past few months and years, through reports…